Harlem Globetrotters hit the court in Indy this weekend

The Harlem Globetrotters perform at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Jan. 19-20. (Harlem Globetrotters)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - There’s a reason this 5’9” guard is known as “Hoops.”

Briana “Hoops” Green has dribbling and ball skills that would throw even the most challenging competitor off their game. And that’s why she’s on the Harlem Globetrotters, who are coming to Indianapolis this Sunday and Monday (Jan. 19-20).

Women are no stranger to the Globetrotters uniform. Green, a Lexington, Kentucky native, is the 15th female to join the team. She said basketball has been her passion since she was a toddler.

“It’s something I’ve always been passionate about. I fell in love with the game...four or five years old,” said Green.

Her brother is her hero. She said that she’s always looked up to him and that he too plays basketball.

She said she didn’t know she wanted to be a Harlem Globetrotter growing up.

“I was playing professionally and I had the opportunity. The Globetrotters saw a video of me dribbling and they called me. (The video) was on Facebook. But I played in Spain, Czech Republic and Mexico professionally,” said Green.

Green said being a Globetrotter is different than being a professional basketball player, because it includes a large entertainment factor.

The Harlem Globetrotters are “basketball players, entertainers and ambassadors of goodwill.” She said as a competitive athlete she often has to remind herself to smile and make it about entertaining because it’s still basketball, but just a different kind of game.

This year’s theme is “pushing the limits, so we’ll be attempting to set records. Each showman has a record that they attempt to break and through the game (on Sunday and Monday in Indianapolis).”

Green said she’s looking forward to setting her first record in the near future, which will likely include dribbling or ball stunts.

Growing up, Green remembering going to her first Globetrotter game when she was around eight years old. She said there weren’t any women on the team when she went to the game. So knowing that young girls will see her on the court and know that it’s a possibility for them too, makes her “feel good.”

“I’m trying to continue to pave the way and break down barriers,” said Green.

She believes it’s important for girls and women to know that they can be anything and achieve whatever they set their mind to.

“It doesn’t have to be basketball,” added Green.

She said those coming to watch the Globetrotters this weekend don’t have to play basketball to enjoy the game.

“You’re going to have a lot of fun, whether you play or not. It’s family fun,” said Green.

If you want to check out Briana Green and the rest of the Harlem Globetrotters, they’ll be at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on the 19th and 20th.